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Councilman Oscar Vargas

Oscar O. Vargas was elected to City Council in the summer of 2021. He represents Ward 15, which includes the parts of Silver Lake, Olneyville, Manton, and Valley neighborhoods. As a resident of Providence for more than 20 years, Councilman Vargas has had the opportunity to experience firsthand the issues Ward 15 faces.

Born in Zacapa, Guatemala, Councilman Vargas immigrated to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1989. He attended Central High School, and after graduation, he worked at the Citizens Bank Corporation Office.  Councilman Vargas has also worked as a jeweler; a year later, he opened his jewelry shop. In 2016 he received an auto mechanic certificate from MTTI.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on City Public Works and a member of the Committee on Ordinances. He is also a member of the Water Supply Board. 

Ward 15: Olneyville, Silver Lake, Valley

Ward 15 is comprised of the Olneyville and Valley neighborhoods, and also shares the Silver Lake neighborhood with Ward 7. This part of the city is home to many redeveloped mill buildings and warehouses which were originally built in the 18th and 19th centuries. These buildings now house artistic showcases, performing arts groups, local organizations and residents. In Ward 15, you will also find the Woonasquatucket River Greenway and the Joslin Park and Recreation Center.
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